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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announce their engagement

Clarence House announced that Prince Harry would marry Markle in the spring of 2018. They were engaged earlier the same month in London, with the Prince giving Markle a bespoke engagement ring made by Cleave and Company, consisting of a large central diamond from Botswana, with two smaller diamonds from his mother's jewelry collection.

Ashton Kutcher divorces Demi Moore

Kutcher and actress Demi Moore married in September 2005. Six years later, Moore announced her intention to end the marriage. After more than a year of separation, Kutcher filed for divorce from Moore in Los Angeles Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences.

Nissan Leaf completes its very first public road test

The Nissan Leaf is a compact five-door hatchback electric car manufactured by Nissan. After earning a license plate in September, Nissan's driverless Leaf hit the pavement of the country's Sagami Expressway, becoming the very first self-driving car to complete a public road test on a highway in the Land of the Rising Sun.

"Like A G6" is at #1 on the US singles chart

"Like a G6" is a song written and performed by Far East Movement, The Cataracs, and Dev, with the latter two being credited as featured artists. It is the lead single from Far East Movement's third studio album Free Wired. For the chorus, Dev samples a verse from her own single "Booty Bounce", which was also written and produced by the Cataracs.

The U.S. premiere of "The Coast of Utopia"

The Coast of Utopia is a 2002 trilogy of plays: Voyage, Shipwreck, and Salvage, written by Tom Stoppard with focus on the philosophical debates in pre-revolution Russia between 1833 and 1866. It was the recipient of the 2007 Tony Award for Best Play. The title comes from a chapter in Avrahm Yarmolinsky's book Road to Revolution.

The world's first partial face transplant

The world's first full-face replant operation was on 9-year-old Sandeep Kaur, whose face was ripped off when her hair was caught in a thresher. Sandeep arrived at the hospital unconscious with her face in two pieces in a plastic bag. The operation was successful, although the child was left with muscle damage and scarring around the perimeter.

Dragon Quest VIII is released

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King is a role-playing video game developed by Level-5 and published by Square Enix. In Dragon Quest VIII, the player controls the Hero in a fully three-dimensional environment. The game retains most of the series' role-playing game elements, such as turn-based combat and the experience level system.

The first successful living liver transplant

The first report of successful LDLT was by Dr. Christoph Broelsch at the University of Chicago Medical Center, when two-year-old Alyssa Smith received a portion of her mother's liver. Surgeons eventually realized that adult-to-adult LDLT was also possible, and now the practice is common in a few reputable medical institutes.


Czech tennis player Radek Štěpánek is born

Radek Stepanek's career-high singles ranking is world No. 8 and best doubles ranking is world No. 4. In 2012, he won his first Grand Slam title in doubles at the Australian Open with Indian partner Leander Paes. Stepanek also reached 2 Masters 1000 event finals and the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in 2006.

Moscone–Milk assassinations

The Moscone–Milk assassinations were the killings of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, who were shot and killed in San Francisco City Hall by former Supervisor Dan White. White was subsequently convicted of voluntary manslaughter. The verdict sparked the "White Night Riots" in San Francisco.

Neil Simon's "Good Doctor" premieres in NYC

The Good Doctor is a comedy with music written by Neil Simon. It consists of a series of short plays, based on short stories and other works of Russian writer Anton Chekhov, framed by a writer making comments on them. The Good Doctor opened on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre and closed on May 25, 1974, after 208 performances.

First Mars landing

Soviet probe Mars 2 released a lander to the surface of Mars. It failed. Its parachutes did not deploy, probably because of a too steep angle of entry. The lander crashed and did not send back any data. Even so, it was the first man-made object to land on Mars. Sister probe of Mars 2, Mars 3, was more successful.

George Harrison releases his first proper solo album

The album was George Harrison's first solo work since the break-up of the Beatles in April that year. It includes the hit singles My Sweet Lord and What Is Life. All Things Must Pass achieved long stays at number 1 on charts around the world.

Ukrainian politician Yulia Tymoshenko is born

Yulia Tymoshenko was a co-leader of the Orange Revolution and the first woman to be elected as Prime Minister of Ukraine. In 2011, she was tried for abuse of power, and sentenced to 7 years in prison. However, the conviction was perceived as politically biased by many foreign governments, which called for Tymoshenko's release.

The Science Guy is born

William Sanford Nye, popularly known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, is an American science communicator, television presenter, and mechanical engineer. He is best known as the host of the PBS children's science show Bill Nye the Science Guy, the Netflix show Bill Nye Saves the World, and for his many subsequent appearances in popular media as a science educator.

Guitarist and singer Jimi Hendrix is born

Jimi Hendrix is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music. He began playing guitar at the age of 15 and was the first artist to use stereophonic phasing effects in music recordings. In 1969, he headlined the Woodstock Festival.

Actor Bruce Lee is born

Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong and American actor, film director, martial artist, martial arts instructor, philosopher, and founder of the martial art Jeet Kune Do. He is widely considered by commentators, critics, media, and other martial artists to be one of the most influential martial artists of all time and a pop culture icon of the 20th century.

Béla Bartók's "The Miraculous Mandarin" premieres in Cologne

The Miraculous Mandarin is a one-act pantomime ballet composed by Béla Bartók between 1918–1924 and based on the story by Melchior Lengyel. Premiered in Cologne, Germany, it caused a scandal and was subsequently banned on moral grounds.

New propulsion

American inventor Thomas Davenport constructed first electric motor, although he had many predecessors. Davenport used his motor to propel the small model car on rails. It was the first electric tram ever. Davenport used silk from his wife's wedding gown in his motor, with her permission. They latter patented the motor together.

Author of most used temperature scale is born

Swedish astronomer and physicist Anders Celsius is most known for his temperature scale with 100 degrees. The freezing point was a hundred degrees and boiling point was zero. The scale was later inverted. Celsius also organized the expedition which proved Newton’s hypothesis that Earth is flattened at the poles.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1940

Bruce Lee

born 1942

Jimi Hendrix